Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Crossplay Beta: Modes, Content, And More

[Update: The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta has officially begun and, unlike the previous test, it is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s open to everyone on PS4, whereas the first two days of the test on Xbox One and PC are exclusive to preorder customers. The beta will be open to all players regardless of preorder beginning Saturday, October 17. It runs until Monday, October 19. Crossplay is supported, letting you play with those on any platform. Read on for a look at all the details on what’s included, the bonus you can earn in the full game by participating, and more.]

The second beta weekend for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is about to begin, and you can start pre-loading it right now. Activision has confirmed that pre-loading for PS4, Xbox One, and PC is available now, while the company

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By this measure, K-pop mega-stars BTS struck the wrong note with their IPO

BTS made music history when it became the first K-pop band to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their blockbuster tune “Dynamite,” featuring lyrics penned in English. “Life is sweet as honey, yeah, the beat is cha-ching like money,” chant the 7-boy ensemble in a rap-like staccato. The rainbow-coiffed fellas scored another smash when their management company, Bit Hit Entertainment of South Korea, went public on October 15. But the act could have been a bigger monster, and loads more won would be cha-chinging, if BHE hadn’t struck the wrong note by underpricing its IPO.

Rap Monster et al. posing for the camera: BTS-IPO Big Hit Entertainment-K-Pop

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BTS-IPO Big Hit Entertainment-K-Pop

According to news stories––the offering’s prospectus isn’t easily available in English––BHE pre-sold around one-fifth of its share to institutional investors and its legions of fans at the equivalent of $118. That underwriting, led by J.P. Morgan and two Korean banks, raised $840 million in cash.

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Amazon Prime Day Estimates Suggest E-Commerce Sales Continue Soaring

While  (AMZN) – Get Report hasn’t shared the final sales tally for its Prime Day event, Amazon’s data and third-party estimates point to strong growth relative to 2019.

E-commerce website Digital Commerce 360 estimates Amazon racked up $10.4 billion worth of sales globally on Oct. 13 and 14 as its Prime Day event unfolded. That represents a 45.2% increase relative to the $7.16 billion in sales estimated for Amazon’s July 2019 Prime Day event.

The estimate arrives a day after Amazon — ever eager to highlight its work with small businesses — disclosed that its marketplace sellers generated more than $3.5 billion in sales (a near-60% annual increase) across the 19 countries in which Prime Day was held on Oct. 13 and 14. The estimate doesn’t include sales occurring during India’s Prime Day event, which took place in August.

As Digital Commerce 360 notes, Amazon’s Prime Day

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‘Internet troll’ Amos Yee charged with child porn

Blogger, YouTuber and all around “internet troll” Amos Yee allegedly exchanged nude photos and “thousands” of messages with a 14-year-old Texas girl while he was living in Chicago.

The 20-year-old Singaporean national, who appeared at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Friday for solicitation and possession of child porn charges, gained international fame when he was jailed at 16 in his home country for controversial and obscene online posts he made following the death of the Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 2015.

He was jailed again in 2016 for “wounding religious feelings” over his social media posts on on Christianity and Islam, according to an NPR.

Yee fled Singapore and was granted asylum in the United States after being detained at O’Hare Airport by immigration officials.

He has been living in Chicago for about three years, Cook County prosecutors said.

Yee again generated controversy in the U.S. when he began posting

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How to use Skype Meet Now on desktop or mobile

  • You can use Skype’s Meet Now feature to start instant meetings, in which participants don’t need to have Skype accounts. 
  • You can start a Meet Now by selecting the Meet Now button in the desktop or mobile app, and sharing the link with other attendees.
  • When you get an invite to Meet Now, you can join in the Chrome or Edge browsers, or via the Skype app if you have it installed.  
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Meet Now is a relatively new Skype feature that lets you conduct meetings quickly and easily with other Skype users as well as people who have no Skype account.

It’s Microsoft’s alternative to web conferencing tools like Zoom which have recently become popular to accommodate the increased need for remote meetings. 

How to start a Skype Meet Now

You can kick off Meet Now from your Skype app either

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Comcast hopes to restore Bay Area internet service by end of Friday

Close to 4,000 Bay Area homes and businesses lost Comcast internet service due to the PG&E outages.

text: Thousands of Comcast customers are without internet service in the Bay Area due to the PG&E outages.

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Thousands of Comcast customers are without internet service in the Bay Area due to the PG&E outages.

Comcast said Thursday that outages affected about 3,000 homes and 150 businesses in Oakland; about 280 homes in St. Helena; 240 homes in the city of Sonoma; 150 homes in the greater San Jose area; 80 homes in Woodside; and 20 in Walnut Creek.

The company told The Chronicle on Friday that all of its customers are expected to have their internet service back by the end of the day.

PG&E cut off power on Wednesday to thousands of residents in the Bay Area due to extreme weather conditions that can spark wildfires.

For some residents, the internet has gone out even though the lights stayed on due to the location

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Lawmatics raises $2.5M to help lawyers market themselves

Lawmatics, a San Diego startup that’s building marketing and CRM software for lawyers, is announcing that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding.

CEO Matt Spiegel used to practice law himself, and he told me that even though tech companies have a wide range of marketing tools to choose from, “lawyers have not been able to adopt them,” because they need a product that’s tailored to their specific needs.

That’s why Spiegel founded Lawmatics with CTO Roey Chasman. He said that a law firm’s relationship with its clients can be divided into three phases — intake (when a client is deciding whether to hire a firm); the active legal case; and after the case has been resolved. Apparently most legal software is designed to handle phase two, while Lawmatics focuses on phases one and three.

The platform includes a CRM system to manage the initial client intake process, as

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Brazilian Certifications Suggest iPhone 12 Mini Features 2,227mAh Battery and iPhone 12 Has 2,815mAh Battery

Apple’s iPhone mini has the shortest battery life out of all the iPhones in the iPhone 12 lineup due to its small size, but Apple has not provided public information about the battery’s capacity. A regulatory filing from Brazil, however, suggests the ‌iPhone 12‌ mini has a battery capacity of 2,227mAh.

The same regulatory information says the ‌iPhone 12‌ features a 2,815mAh battery, which is smaller than the 3,110mAh battery in the iPhone 11.

The regulatory info comes from ANATEL, Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency that certifies new electronic devices. The listing was found by Brazilian site Tecnoblog, with the site claiming to have found documentation on all four of the new ‌iPhone‌ models. Information on iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max battery capacity has not yet been shared, however.

A battery certification leak earlier this summer also indicated that the ‌iPhone 12‌ mini would have a 2,227mAh battery capacity,

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Hilarity Ensues After Software Used By Virtual Paleontology Conference Bans The Word “Bone”

As an outsider you’d probably expect paleontologists to constantly use the word “bone”, and you’d be right. Day in, day out, they can’t stop mentioning bones.

This caused quite a lot of trouble at this year’s Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) conference, which was held as a virtual event this week due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Trying to keep things as normal as possible, they held Q&As with the speakers after their talks. Attendees only needed to submit a written question they want answered, and this is where the problem arose. The software banned several words the paleontologists needed to say, including but not limited to “bone”.

“The platform we’re using for the conference is apparently set up for business and industry meetings, not science, and apparently it came with a pre-packaged naughty-word-filter,” paleontologist at the University of Tennessee Stephanie Drumheller said of the issue in an

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Microsoft releases emergency security updates for Windows and Visual Studio


Microsoft has published today two out-of-band security updates to address security issues in the Windows Codecs library and the Visual Studio Code application.

The two updates come as late arrivals after the company released its monthly batch of security updates earlier this week, on Tuesday, patching 87 vulnerabilities this month.

Both new vulnerabilities are “remote code execution” flaws, allowing attackers to execute code on impacted systems.

Windows Codecs Library vulnerability

The first bug is tracked as CVE-2020-17022. Microsoft says that attackers can craft malicious images that, when processed by an app running on top of Windows, can allow the attacker to execute code on an unpatched Windows OS.

All Windows 10 versions are impacted.

Microsoft said an update for this library would be automatically installed on user systems via the Microsoft Store.

Not all users are impacted, but only those who have installed the optional HEVC or “HEVC from Device

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